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Cute Santa Hat Ornaments

By: Debra Quartermain for Styrofoam Brand Foam

These cute santa hat ornaments are great Christmas crafts for anyone. You can keep them for yourself to decorate your tree or you can give them as a gift.  These cute hats also make wonderful gift embellishments.  No matter what the use, these colorful Santa hats are a great addition to your holiday decor this year.

Cute Santa Hat Ornaments

Materials:

  • (3) 1 1/2" balls STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • (2) 6" x 3" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Cones
  • Wool roving: red; green; natural
  • Serrated knife
  • Red embroidery floss
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Scissors
  • Felting needle
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Embroidery needle
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

 

Instructions:

  1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 2"-thick slice from bottom of each foam cone; set aside. Cut remaining portion of each cone in half lengthwise; flat side forms ornament back. Press foam balls against work surface to flatten bottoms slightly.
     
  2. For pom poms, loosely cover each ball with one color of wool roving. Follow felting needle manufacturer's instructions to felt roving into place. Note: Keep fingers safely out of the way when felting; needles are extremely sharp. Continue needlefelting until roving is tight against foam surface.
     
  3. Loosely cover one half-cone with natural roving and two more half-cones with green. Felt roving into place.
     
  4. For polka dot hat, roll and needlefelt eight small red balls to green hat. Pull 1" x 8" natural strip and loosely needlefelt around bottom for trim.
     
  5. For striped hat, pull seven 1/2" x 8" red strips and wrap evenly spaced around green hat; needlefelt to hat. Pull 1" x 8" green strip and loosely needlefelt around bottom for trim. Roll and needlefelt 10 small natural balls to trim and green pom pom.
     
  6. For plaid hat, pull three 1/2" x 5" red strips. Needlefelt one strip down center of hat and other two evenly spaced on each side. Pull six 1/2" x 9" roving strips, three red and three green. Refer to photo to felt red strips horizontally around hat and green strips diagonally. Pull 1" x 8" red strip and loosely needlefelt around bottom for trim. Roll and needlefelt three small green balls to center red line as shown.
     
  7. Glue pom poms to hats as shown. Cut three 8" floss lengths. Stitch one length through top of each pom pom; knot ends to create hanging loop.
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